Using information obtained between 1907 and 1925 from members of the Chippewa tribe, the Bureau of American Ethnology, and the United States National Museum, the book describes various Chippewa customs. Information, collected on six reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Manitou Rapids Reserve in Ontario, Canada, is provided concerning the tribe's name; totemic system; phonetics; dwellings; clothing; treatment of the face; hair care and arrangement; food; health measures; care, naming, government, pastimes, and playthings of children; puberty; courtship and marriage; death, burial, and mourning; significance of dreams; Midewiwin; stories and legends; music; dances; charms; games; the industrial year; chiefs; right of revenge; war customs; transportation; methods of measuring time, distance, and quantity; exchange of commodities within the tribe; payment of annuity; traders and trading posts; making and using fire; pipes; bows and arrows; snowshoes; making of pitch; torches; canoes; twine; fish nets; weaving mats, bags, bands, blankets of rabbit skin, and head ornament of moose hair; netting of belts; basketry; pottery; dyes; tanning; glue; musical instruments (drum, rattle, flute, clapper); articles made of stone, bone, and wood; applique work; memory devices; picture writing; decorative arts; and beadwork. Portraits, black and white illustrations, and reminiscences of the informants are provided throughout the book. (NQA)Little Wolf said that in old times the Chippewa aquot;liked to use several hand drums at once if they could get those that chorded together. ... The sticks used with Mide drums were in some instances symbolic and are described on page 96. ... there were four drumsticks used by the leading drummers, each covered with soft brown deerskin and decorated with a band of otter fur and long ribbon streamers.
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